A Florida man has been arrested after police found evidence that he rigged the door to a home in an attempt to electrocute pregnant wife.
According to ABC 9, Michael Scott Wilson, 32, of Flagler County was arrested after he allegedly tried to set up a trap that would electrocute his estranged, pregnant wife when she opened the front door.
Police reportedly responded to a call from a home in Palm Coast regarding some concerning statements Wilson had made. When they interviewed his estranged wife, she told them that Wilson instructed her to “use the front door because the garage door is not going to open.”
The suspect also reportedly told his wife not to let a child, presumably her daughter, to open the door because “I don’t want her getting hurt.”
Police reportedly noticed some suspicion markings around the front door, including burn marks. When a deputy kicked in the door, he saw that an electrical device had been hooked up to the door handle and lock, connecting it to an electrical outlet.
Authorities told the news station that it was clear Wilson had rigged the door in an attempt to harm the person who opened it.
Wilson was arrested in Knoxville, Tennessee, on charges attempted aggravated battery on a pregnant person. The suspect also allegedly stole a gun from the Palm Coast home and is charged with grand theft of a firearm.
“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly said in a news release.
“Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence.”
A motive for the attempted electrocution is not yet known.
[Feature image: Knox County Sheriff/Michael Scott Wilson]